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Singing Higher - All About The Head Voice

 
Are you a singer who wants to… 
...sing higher? 
...increase your vocal range?
...reduce strain and tension in your voice?
...add more color and expressivity to your voice? 
 
If you said “Yes”, then you are in the right place! 
 
If you aren’t training your head voice, you are missing out. One of the biggest mistakes I see singers make is trying to limit themselves to just singing in their chest voice. 


All About The Head Voice  - What is the head voice?

 
The head voice is the higher, floatier part of your vocal range. It actually uses different muscle groups than your chest voice! 
 
There are SO many different colors to the head voice. A lot of singers are tentative about singing in their head voice because they feel like it sounds breathy or weak, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Singers are also tentative about singing in head voice because in western music, we don’t often hear it showcased. So much music uses a strong chest voice, so singers often try to replicate that sound - which can lead to tension and strain in the voice. 
 
We don’t typically speak in head voice, especially in the US. If you are in a profession in which you talk a lot, such as a teacher or a coach, you might try playing around with speaking in your head voice to take some strain off of your vocal cords.



All About The Head Voice - Why should I train my head voice? 

 
You might be thinking “I don’t want to sing and sound higher and more floaty - why should I train my head voice?”
 
Training the head voice doesn’t mean that you have to sing in the head voice ALL the time. Training the head voice can be helpful for so many things, like: 


All About The Head Voice - Why does my head voice sound weak or breathy?

 
There a few reasons why your head voice might feel weak, breathy and uncomfortable when you first start using it. The main reason is that you simply don’t use it as much! 
 
The head voice uses a different muscle group, and like all other muscle groups in your body, you have to use and train all of the muscles to work together to do what you want them to do! 
 
Another thing to think about is that the head voice IS a lighter mechanism. It is not going to be as strong as your chest voice. Again, just like other muscles, some are lighter and smaller than others. 
 

All About The Head Voice - Airflow vs. air pressure

 
Your head voice also might sound weak or breathy because when you sing higher, your vocal cords abduct. Imagine taking a rubber band and stretching it down vertically, creating resistance - this is what happens to your vocal cords when you sing higher. In order for the cords to vibrate, you need more airflow to compensate for that resistance. 
 
A lot of singers mistake the feeling of airflow for air pressure. As a result, they push the voice, creating a lot more problems and not actually solving anything! Airflow is SO important, and one of the first things I work on with singers in my studio and in my program. 
 
How do we fix airflow? Lip buzzes! Lip buzzes are a seemingly simple exercise, but they leave behind a lot of clues for things the singer might need to improve. 
 
If you... 
…Can’t start a lip buzz
...Can't finish a phrase of a lip buzz
...Hear pulses in a lip buzz
These are all important pieces of information and can tell you what you need to work on!  


If you want a step by step plan to help you develop and strengthen your head voice, I have a complete course all over how to sing higher and more powerful called “Sing Higher Elite”! You can purchase this course at www.starsinger.co/singhigherelite. You don’t need years of voice lessons to sing higher and sound great!! 


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